PHD BY portfolio


A PhD by portfolio can be completed within one year. The award enables candidates to obtain academic recognition for pre existing research, comprehensive research skills and subject knowledge that meets a doctoral level.

The programme is completed remotely, suitable for hard working executives who cannot afford to take time away from work.

A PhD by portfolio will provide an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in today’s workforce and the confidence to further career prospects. It will enhance key business skills and make it possible to achieve professional and personal goals.

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Online delivery

Practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Flexible programme

All programs are totally flexible and can be started at any time. Work at your own pace.

Support 24/7

Our support team is available every day to make sure that your education runs smoothly.  

Course Fees

Application fee : € 200
Tuition Fees : € 6,900 per year*
*Discounted price for complete advance payment. Full price €7,490. Payment plans are available.

Teaching methodologies

The main teaching and learning methods at SSBR includes virtual classroom lectures, webinars and tutorials, practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

Flexible courses to fit around your busy schedule

Highly qualified and experienced professors available to help you get the qualification you deserve.


The PhD by portfolio programme is a fast track programme that takes place entirely ONLINE. Students can complete the programme within 1 academic year, to gain a Swiss quality doctorate degree. The programme has 240 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System).

Our PhD students are guided throughout the entire programme by a business mentor, working to complete 3 research-based projects.

    Course Breakdown

    3 projects to be completed normally in 1 year, but can be extended.

    Project 1 – Leadership and Strategic Management

    Project 2 – Problem Solving and Decision Making

    Project 3 – Specialist Area (Finance, HR, Marketing, Management, Operations, Accounting)

    Each project is worth 80 ECTS credits.



    • To demonstrate the knowledge of the most advanced frontiers of a field of work
    • To evidence the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve critical business problems and to extend or redefine professional practice
    • To develop new ideas or processes at the forefront of work
    • To deliver substantial authority, innovation, authority and professional integrity
    Admissions Requirements


    Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a related field
    IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 75 (official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 2 years.
    Scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts, certificates
    Extensive previous business/professional experience
    Photocopy of a valid passport/national ID
    Reference letters from a former academic institution or from current employer (if applicable)
    Students will have to receive employer approval to participate*

    *Research Material Confidentiality

    ALL INFORMATION WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. Only the researcher involved in the project, their supervisor and head of the research department of SSBR will have access to the information in the research. All information will be stored in compliance with SSBR guidelines. Confidentiality of information provided is subject to legal restrictions. We need to retain your name on this research so we can match this across to other data we have on the students assignments. Data will be kept to provide on-going information on the topic. Publication on any sensitive information will only be done with the full permission of the author and company involved, or the name of the company will not be mentioned. This information will not be used for purposes other than that mentioned, will not be delivered to third parties, in accordance with the data protection principles of the Swiss Data Protection Act 2020 (DPA).


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